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Signs of Geek

At 6 AM, there were four people lined up already outside the AT&T store, waiting for the new iPhone.  Three had camp chairs, the fourth was squatted down, banging away on his laptop.  Hope he's got a long-life battery.

And I am proud to say that I am JUST geeky enough to get today's www.xkcd.com/599/  without peeking at Wikipedia.  Paul Erdos was one of the most prolific authors in the field of mathematics in the last century.  He also co-authored many, many papers, and among mathematicians,  to have an 'Erdos number' > 0 meant you had co-authored a paper with him.  Once he died, the Erdos number was frozen, so, if the dead come back, any REAL mathematician would drop everything to write a paper and rush it to his grave, to increment his Erdos number.  Fbomb the Second Coming and the Horsemen and all, this is IMPORTANT!  :)

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ccdesan
Jun. 19th, 2009 10:51 pm (UTC)
Well thanks for the illumination, 'cuz I went to WP and still didn't get it. (Although I knew who Erdős was, it was an interesting read all the same.)
carlfoxmarten
Jun. 23rd, 2009 07:57 am (UTC)
To get the reference to Kevin Bacon, you'd need to look-up Bacon Numbers.

Basically the same thing as an Erdos Number, but for movies that actors were in with Kevin Bacon (who, incidentally, had/has a bit of fascination with mathematics).
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